Over 200 robots took part in the two-day intra-IIT Robosoccer knockout tournament organised by the Science and Technology Council of IIT (BHU) Gymkhana on Saturday. The event was held to encourage first year students of the institute acquire and showcase preliminary skills of robotics.

Nitish Saxena, general secretary of the council said 104 teams comprising of first year students have registered for the event. Each team has six members and has prepared two robots that function has the defender and attacker. The matches are played with a tennis ball and all rules of an actual football match are followed. Two makeshift football arenas have been developed for the purpose and fund of Rs 30,000 has been spent for conducting the tournament.

"Apart from being an engaging event, the Robosoccer tournament would help the students develop an insight into the world of robotics and related researches. Moreover, the tournament is part of the annual technical fest of IIT (BHU), 'Technex 2013', which is scheduled to commence on March 07, 2013," he informed.

According to Himadri Roy, technical head, Technex 2013, from this academic year, the Science and Technology Council, IIT Gymkhana will also conduct outreach programmes in robotics in various engineering colleges and technical institutes. Roy said the robotics club of IIT (BHU) was established in 2002 and conducts around 18 to 20 workshops of robotics and related subjects every year.

It is noteworthy that a number of events are organised in the 'Robotrix' event of the annual technical fest of IIT (BHU). These include 'Robo wars' (battle of robots), 'Dash and Trounce' (manual robotics), 'Aqua combat' (underwater robotics), 'I-Robot' (autonomous robotics), 'Optica' (semi-autonomous robotics) and 'Clutch' (high-speed video games).

Source: Times of India